‘Vikings’ man prosecuted for having a knife
CHARGE IS STRUCK OUT IN COURT
A FILM set designer who was working on ‘ The Vikings’ was prosecuted after a Garda found a kitchen knife in the glove box of his car.
However, Judge David Kennedy was satisfied in Bray District Court last week that Patrick Gray (29), of 7 Hazelwood, Bray, had the item for work purposes only, and the charge was dismissed.
Garda Gerard Carmody gave evidence that he stopped the defendant while he was driving at Farrankelly Road in Greystones on September 12, afer he made a turn without using his indicator. He subsequently found the kitchen knife in his glove compartment.
Mr Gray told the Court that he uses the knife for work. He was working at Lugalla at the time on ‘ The Vikings’. A colleague had an accident and had to be driven to hospital. ‘I was in a rush,’ he explained, adding that such a knife would be used to cut rope.
‘It is good for cutting ropes, trust me,’ he said, when pressed in cross-examination by Inspector Tom Finnerty.
Props master Mark Dowd, who was the injured person brought to hospital that day, said that it was no surprise that such a serrated knife would be used. ‘It’s standard kit,’ he said.
Judge David Kennedy accepted what Mr. Gray said and dismissed the charge.